We use cookies  | Accessibility | Freedom of Information

Like us on Facebook

Connect with NHS South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG on Facebook for news and updates on local health care.

Image not available


We are pleased to announce that we have signed the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health, as part of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER initiative.

Image not available

Have your say

We want to know about your experiences of your healthcare services

Have your say!

‘There’s no place like home’ for a quicker recovery and to ease the pressure on local hospital services

Senior clinicians across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent are appealing for families to help reduce the pressure on struggling services by supporting patients to return home from hospital as soon as they are ready.

Patients staying longer than necessary in hospital have added to the strain on A&E departments, which are already experiencing increased demand. This has caused even longer delays for patients who arrive requiring a bed.

Doctors are advising families and carers that going home once medically fit to do so has also proven to be better for the patient.

Magnus Harrison, Medical Director of Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We think of a hospital as a place to get better, but spending an unnecessarily long time there can do more harm than good.

“This is because you can start to lose your mobility and your independence, which is the last thing most people want. An elderly relative lying needlessly in a hospital bed for a week will suffer loss of muscle strength and bulk which will take months to recover.”

Hospitals regularly have patients who no longer need a hospital bed but who are unable to be discharged while they wait for relatives to come and collect them or to agree where on-going care can be provided.

Andrew Donald, Accountable Officer of South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group, added: "The public really can make a difference, and we are appealing to families for their help in getting their loved ones home as quickly as possible.

“That may mean collecting them midweek rather than on the weekend and trusting us to discharge them to the place where they will get the best treatment, which may not necessarily be the closest option.”

Some patients may require a care package, which involves medical, social care and voluntary sector staff from across the county working together to make sure that they can safely be discharged.

Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said: “No-one wants to see anybody in hospital for longer than they need to be and the county’s health and social care teams are working together to make sure patients who can leave hospital do so as soon as is safely possible, with the care they need continuing when they leave the ward.”

If your relative is ready to be discharged, please contact the ward for advice on how you can help.

You find out more on how to keep well and where to get expert advice at www.nhs.uk/staywell

People attending A&E who do not require immediate, emergency treatment are being warned that they may have a considerable wait and are being urged to consider alternatives.

Notes to Editor:

Alternative NHS services to A&E:

PHARMACY: Your pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without having to wait for a GP appointment.

NHS 111: This service has been introduced to make it easier for you to access local NHS healthcare services in England. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and calls to the number are free.

YOUR GP: For medical advice or for illnesses you can't shake off. You should be able to get an appointment with your surgery within 24 hours, Monday to Friday. If you call when the surgery is closed, you will be transferred to the GP out-of-hours service

WALK-IN CENTRES: Walk-in centres can be used to treat minor injuries and ailments and don’t require you to make an appointment.

The nearest walk-in centres are:

Samuel Johnson Community Hospital Minor Injuries Unit
Trent Valley Road, Lichfield, WS13 6EF
Tel: 01543 412900. Open 8am-9pm every day
Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital Minor Injuries Unit
Plantation Lane, Mile Oak, Tamworth, B78 3NG
Tel: 01827 263800. Open 8am-10pm every day

Cannock Minor Injuries Unit
Brunswick Road, Cannock, WS11 5XY
Open 10.30am-6.30pm every day

ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY: A&E and the 999 ambulance service should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation. Attend A&E for anything classed as an emergency, including choking, chest pain, loss of consciousness, severe blood loss, broken bones, difficulty breathing, deep wounds or a suspected stroke.

For more information contact

Media Enquiries: Please contact 0333 150 1602 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact us

South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group
Second Floor, Marmion House 
Lichfield Street, Tamworth
Staffordshire B79 7BZ

Working with Cannock Chase CCG and Stafford and Surrounds CCG